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  • Fed-OSHA seeks suggestions for strengthening VPP

    Fed-OSHA is holding a stakeholder meeting July 17, in Washington, D.C., to discuss the future direction of its Voluntary Protection Programs. The agency’s aim is to “reshape VPP so that it continues to represent safety and health excellence, leverages partner resources, further recognizes the successes of long-term participants, and supports smart program growth.” Fed-OSHA is […]

  • Cal/OSHA Seeks Huge Penalties in Refinery Explosion

    The Division of Occupational Safety and Health has cited ExxonMobil Refining for 19 alleged violations following an investigation into the February 18 explosion at the company’s Torrance refinery. The incident only slightly injured four workers, but investigators concluded that management had been aware of hazardous conditions at the unit in question, yet took no steps […]

  • Standards Board Finally Gets Seats Filled

    Gov. Jerry Brown has reappointed four current members of the Cal/OSH Standards Board and named two new members to Cal/OSHA’s rulemaking body. The appointments are being said to provide both stability and new faces to the board. The newly appointed members are Robert Blink, 62, of San Francisco, and John Sacco, 60, of Rocklin. Both […]

  • Short Window to Comment on Heat Illness Guidance

    Do you have questions about Cal/OSHA’s new revisions to the heat illness prevention regulation? Do you want the Division of Occupational Safety and Health to address your ideas and concerns in its updated guidance document on the regulation? You have to act fast – before Friday, March 6 if you want to weigh in. DOSH […]

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    Texas tortilla factory fined nearly $219K for amputation hazards

    Fed-OSHA has fined a San Marcos, Texas tortilla factory nearly $219,000 fine after an inspection spurred by employee complaints allegedly found risk of amputation or other serious injuries. KXAN

     

    Investigators weeks ago visited Illinois plant that caught fire

    Fed-OSHA visited a Rockton, Illinois chemical plant, due to a complaint, several weeks before it caught fire on Monday. It is unclear if the visit from federal investigators is tied to the fire. According to the agency, the May 20 inspection was the only one where investigators were called to the plant in the last ten years. WREX [with video]

     

    Heat-related illness prevention: Intro to federal and state standards

    In the first of a three-part series, Daniel Salmon of Vandeventer Black LLP highlights sources of federal and state standards related to heat-related illness in the workplace. JD Supra

     

    Heat safety tips to practice while on the job

    According to Fed-OSHA, 50% to 70% of heat-related deaths on the job happen during the first days of extreme temperature change, as the body gradually adapts to hotter temperatures. Here are recommended guidelines when it comes to working in the heat and protecting employees, provided by Fed-OSHA and the Centers for Disease Control. CBS19